PROPOSING A PUBLIC POLICY TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM OF GANGS

BY: HARRIETTA, JEREMIAH, KOTAK, AND RONNIE

1. "A WRITTEN EXPLANATION AND JUSTIFICATION FOR OUR SUGGESTED POLICY"

          A.) WHAT IS THE POLICY THAT YOUR GROUP DECIDED UPON?

THE POLICY THAT MY GROUP DECIDED UPON IS INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION GROUP.

          B.)  WHY DOES THE POLICY BEST DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM?

Many police in the U.S. have combined many different programs, after realizing that suppression alone would not work. Law enforcement in the city has begun working with everyone in the community, creating “task forces called Community Impact Action Teams that paired local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies with citizen watchdog groups and clergymen, who best knew the neighborhoods” (Arana). This technique has proven to be quite successful with a decrease in crime statistics by 14 percent from 2004 to 2005 (Arana).

          C.) WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF THE POLICY?

DISADVANTAGES: Regional and transnational program require a high level of commitment from the countries involved. Once an agreement has been made, each country must be able to put their resources, including money and law enforcement, forward to follow through on it. Because many of these countries lack the resources to handle the gang situation within their own country, their ability to handle the larger transnational problem seems almost impossible.

ADVANTAGES: Regional and transnational efforts have been receiving the most attention from governments lately due to the solution they offer. By allowing countries to share arrest warrants, countries will be able to keep track of gang members better, and imprison those that have committed a crime.

          D.) WHY, IN THE OPINION OF THE GROUP, YOUR POLICY DOES NOT                                  VIOLATE YOUR FEDERAL AND STATE CONSTITUTION. USE THE                                    CONSTITUTIONAL OPINION FORM THAT IS ATTACHED.

Our proposed policy does not interfere with a person's freedom or belief because this only helps countries communicate to each other that there might be criminals in their area. Our proposed policy does not place unreasonable and unfair limits on people because the countries are just being warned about the type of people that entered their country. Our proposed policy does not take any person's life without giving a fair hearing, because this policy just allows 2 countries to communicate. Our proposed policy does not violate the privacy of a person's home, it's just to keep track of their records. Our proposed policy does not help make laws unreasonable or unfairly discriminate people, it's for all people associated with a gang, it doesn't matter who. Our proposed policy doesn't violate any Federal or State constitutions because it didn't violate any of the laws above.